The day after the election of our first Black president I was proud to be an American. The change "I could believe in" had just happened. Then the stuff hit the fan.
Racism seemed to get a shot in the arm. Every imaginable kind of dog whistle was used to create the impression of his otherness. Today, a whole segment of our society is convinced that he is the worst thing that's ever happened to this country. Even though when asked for examples, they fall silent. (Fox News is inevitably their news outlet of choice.)
So even though I've got my theories about why racism is worse now than before his election, the final question has remained open until today.
I found an answer, in of all places, a piece on Fox News by Travis Gettys on rawstory.com. "A Christian radio host insisted last week that white people were no longer racist, and even if they were, it's the fault of racist black people.
Sandy Rios, of American Family Radio, was offended when a listener suggested she was racist toward black people, who she blamed for inciting white racism.
"I think the racist garbage coming from the -- uh, a lot of blacks right now who are just filled with bitterness and rage is just amazing to me," Rios said. "It is racism, I am seeing it constantly here in D.C., you know, I think -- and it's causing white citizens to become more racist than they ever were."
Well that settles it and puts the history of racism in this country in a new light.
Let's take this back a couple hundred years. Now I know how Black slaves brought on their own bad treatment.
They were filled with "bitterness and rage" consequently the White slave holders were provoked into their racist feelings and treatment of Blacks. You know what I mean, lashing them, impregnating their women, breaking up families, taking their names, languages, religions, and cultures away from them. All these were valiant efforts to reduce White racism.
As anyone can now see, Whites have made great strides in trying to eliminate racism for over 200 years, like when they lynched Blacks for their own good. After all, getting rid of a source of White racism was a good thing, right?
And as our latest historian, theologian, and duck hunter extraordinaire, Phil Robertson recently told us, when he worked right alongside Blacks in the cotton fields as a young man, he never met an unhappy Black person in the South.
Now I understand better. An unhappy Black person could probably make several White people turn racist, so in order to keep racism as non-existent as it was in the South, most Blacks just sat on their bitterness and anger, swallowed hard and moved on. And it worked so well.
That is until some really "bitter and angry" Blacks tried to vote, get served in restaurants, sit anywhere on a bus, go to movies or stay in town after sundown. They really created a great deal of White racism. And Whites had no option but to turn police dogs and fire hoses on them to relieve their own feelings of racism.
It's easy to see the burden that "bitter and angry" Blacks put on the shoulders of White people who live in proximity like the DC in Ms. Rio's example. But what about the White racists who live in rural America where there aren't many Blacks but plenty of racism?
Well, right wing Christian radio and Fox News reach into small towns too. Not to create racism, but to inform innocent White people how "bitter and angry" Blacks are creating it where ever they are.